28 days ago
Duke prospective students

Diversity Essay Question

I'm trying to complete my application, but I keep going back and forth on whether or not to answer the first optional short-answer prompt. It asks for applicants to "share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had that would help us understand you better, perhaps a community you belong to or your family or cultural background". However, I am a straight, cisgender, white girl that comes from a place of significant privilege. I feel as though I have nothing worthwhile to say, that my perspective is not necessarily a unique or valuable one. Should I try to come up with something to say for this question or just leave it blank as it is optional?


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27 days ago

Duke emphasizes that this question is truly optional. If you think that you truly have a perspective that adds dimension to your application, add it in 100%. But if you don't, then don't. And if you have to come up with something to say, then you probably don't need to write about it. Good luck!


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